Lunching With Girlfriends

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Fast Food,Food Review,FoodBuzz,General,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Monday 14 April 2014 12:22 pm




Lunching with my girlfriends from the city can be a very interesting afternoon.  We meet once a month in the city or in town for lunch and we talk about everything from work to politics and even  creditor rights  as some of my girlfriends are entrepreneurs in the city.  I’ve always come back from lunching with these girls with new knowledge about what is going on around the world because they are so up to date with everything.  I ordered the greek pizza but had actually craved for the tuscan pizza but ordered wrongly but of well.

 

Boston Pizza has this lunch special for a full plate of Jambalaya for only $11 for lunch, so I highly recommended this to my girlfriend from the city but she found it a little bit too spicy for her.

My lawyer g/f from the city ordered a salad.

And another g/f who works as a financial controller in the city ordered some calamari.  We had a really good lunch – a 2 hrs lunch and went somewhere else for dessert after lunch.  We really have a good time together even though it sometimes takes a long time to get together.

Turkey Sausage Breakfast @ Tim Hortons

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Canadian,Food Review | Monday 7 April 2014 2:40 pm




I thought I should give the new breakfast turkey a try at Tim Hortons afterall, it looked so delicious and healthy.  Alas, I was not entirely into the taste, it was good but too much for me, I could only stomached half of the sandwich.   As you can see, it was a lot of food but I’m sure a lot of people would love it because it was a huge breakfast.  Lucky for me I didn’t order a hash brown with it.  But coffee as usual was definitely good and the girls excellent.

Brunch With Friends

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Breakfast,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing | Wednesday 2 April 2014 2:45 pm




We had promised Jessica to bring her out for brunch for the longest time and even though she would be very happy with just Macdonald’s, we decided to bring her to The Snack Place – 2 blocks down the road from our store.  As you all know, we don’t have a lot of family here from my side, so Jessica is like a cousin from the East that Chloe never had.  The kids play well together and Jessica is the nicest lil’ kid we know and her parents are of course, awesome people and like some parents that we know around here.

Jessica ordered a cheeseburger with fries and a pop from the children’s menu.

Hyunjin’s fish and chips but she opted for salad instead.

Jessica enjoying her little pop.

Salad for Hyunjin.

My brunch is of course the all day breakfast but without the fries.

Fish and chips for Chloe from the Children’s menu.

Bonding time with her “cousin”

Girls having fun.

Jessica with dessert .

And chloe licking up the yummy goodness.  Good to see that Chloe has good friends to learn from.

Best Korean Food

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Food From Home,Food Review,Korean | Thursday 20 March 2014 3:18 pm




My sister from another mother makes the best Korean home cooked food – Jap Chae !  it’s a sweet potato noodles with veggies, mushrooms, beef  and all sorts of good stuff.  She makes them so well, so whenever there is a special occasion, I get to eat this yummy Jap Chae.  If you want to have the recipe to make it, check below.  The cooking recipe is adapted from a recipe I collected online.  Try it and let me know what you think.  I’m so hungry now, I think I’m gonna make some tonite.

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potato noodles
  • 150 grams of beef
  • 1 bunch of spinach
  • 1 medium size carrot
  • 1 medium size onion
  • mushrooms (5 dried shitake mushroomsand 1 package of white mushrooms)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 7-8 green onions
  • sesame oil, soy sauce,  sugar, pepper, and some sesame seed.

Makes 4 servings.

Prepare ingredients :

  1. Soak 5 dried shitake mushrooms in warm water for a few hours until they become soft. Squeeze the water out of them and slice thinly.
  2. Slice a package of white mushrooms (2 cups’ worth).
  3. Cut a carrot into thin matchstick-shaped pieces 5 cm long.
  4. Cut 7 -8 green onions into 7 cm long pieces.
  5. Slice one onion thinly.
  6. Slice 150 grams of beef into thin strips.

Method :

  1. Boil 2 bunches of noodles in boiling water in a big pot for about 3 minutes. When the noodles are soft, drain them and put in a large bowl.
  2. Cut the noodles several times by using scissors and add 1 tbs of soy sauce and 1 tbs of sesame oil. Mix it up and set aside.
    *tip: Take one sample and taste it to see whether or not it’s cooked properly. If it feels soft, it’s finished.
  3. In the boiling water, add a bunch of spinach and stir it gently for 1 minute. Then take it out and rinse it in cold water 3 times. Remove any grit or dead leaves thoroughly while rinsing. Squeeze it gently to get the water out, then cut it into 5 cm pieces.
  4. Add ½ tbs soy sauce and ½ tbs sesame oil and mix it and place it onto the large bowl.
    *tip: When you drain the hot water from the pot, don’t discard the hot water. Put it back into the pot so you can cook your spinach quickly.
  5. On a heated pan, put a few drops of olive oil and your carrot strips and stir it with a spatula for 30 seconds. Put it into the large bowl (don’t burn it!).
  6. Place a few drops of olive oil on the pan and add your sliced onion. Stir it until the onion looks translucent. Put it into the large bowl with your carrots.
  7. Place a few drops of olive oil on the pan and add the sliced white mushrooms. Stir it for a bit and then put it in the large bowl.
  8. Place a few drops of olive oil on the pan and add your green onions. Stir for 1 minute and put it into the large bowl.
  9. Place a few drops of olive oil on the pan and add your beef strips and your sliced shitake mushrooms. Stir it until it’s cooked well, then add 3 cloves of minced garlic, ½ tbs soy sauce and ½ tbs sugar. Stir for another 30 seconds and then put it into the large bowl.
  10. Add 2 tbs of soy sauce, 3 tbs of sugar, 2 tbs of sesame oil, and 1 ts of ground pepper to the large bowl. Mix all ingredients, then sprinkle 1 tbs of toasted sesame seeds on the top.
  11. Serve with rice and Kimchi, or as a side dish.

Cheap But Awesome Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Canadian,Chinese,Food Review | Thursday 20 February 2014 10:44 pm




Take out lunch need not be expensive especially if you know the owners of the restaurant.  Lotus soup was free and yummy – boiled with beef.

And half an order of Singapore noodles because I didn’t really know what I wanted to eat.  So the soup and the noodles just hit the spot and i wasn’t even hungry till late in the evening today.

BLT Bagel From Tim’s

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Canadian,Food Review | Saturday 1 February 2014 5:30 pm




I normally have a bagel with light cream cheese and a small coffee for breakfast from Tim Hortons but since it was the first day of Chinese New Year, I decided I should try something different.  So  a BLT was what I ordered on an everything bagel.  The BLT bagel was obviously more expensive than a bagel with cream cheese but it was a pretty good BLT bagel and I would order it again, the next time.  Yums!  Gong Hei Fatt Choy everyone!

Chilli Lobsters For Reunion Dinner

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review | Friday 31 January 2014 5:25 pm




While my siblings are having Buddha Jump Over The Monk for reunion dinner and worrying if I have any good food for Chinese New Year’s reunion dinner, I am having some chilli lobsters with jasmine rice for mine.  I told my family and friends not to worry about me and to have a good time every year but they know that we don’t have a huge chinese community here, therefore every year, they try and send me lots of food and anything they can think of to make it a merrier Chinese New Year for me.

I’m so grateful for all their kindness and thinking of me and Chloe always.  But my lobster dinner was pretty good too.  So folks out there, don’t worry about me, I’m celebrating in my own way too.

Fried Haddock Roe

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,My Musing,Seafood | Monday 27 January 2014 12:52 pm




I saw some Haddock Roe last week and had wanted to get some to try but my father in law – Budd, had it on the stove when we arrived on Sunday for a visit.  It sure looked good but I didn’t try it but  he said it was very good and fresh.   Haddock Roes like any fish roes are a acquired taste, not everyone love it and it sure doesn’t look very appetizing before cooking them but it is really good.

Fry them up with a little corn flour and it’s ready to be tasted.  Try it if you haven’t.

This is how the haddock roe looks like in the supermarket.

Home Made Pecan Pie

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Food Review,My Musing | Saturday 25 January 2014 1:26 pm




Sorry a month late with this yummy pecan pie made by Aunt Helena for Christmas.  I loved pecan pie and wished I could eat all of it but I can’t because I’m diabetic.  But that doesn’t mean that life is over with me, it just means that I have to eat in moderation.  So a bite I took of the pecan pie and I loved it.  It was sweeeeet alright but so worth it.  Nothing beats home made pie that’s for sure.

Canadian Supplier For Asian Food

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing,Shopping | Saturday 18 January 2014 3:41 pm




Yes! a Canadian supplier for Asian food in Markham, Toronto! woohoo!!  no worries about not being able to get food from home now.  Well, not all the food that I want but at least some of the food that I’m eating.  Shipping is reasonable and they are very quick with their services.  Wen Ho Of Canada carries the Tean’s group of food that I’m currently eating now.  They also carry the 3-in-1 tea from Aik Cheong and coffee as well.

4 boxes of food delivered within 1 week of ordering, now that’s pretty quick.  I’m sure I will be ordering more food from them.

Scrumptious Lobsters

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,Seafood | Friday 10 January 2014 9:48 pm




Life is so good, we get lobsters from a good friend/customer every now and then or rather everytime I crave for it.  I wouldn’t know how to chop them up of course, so the Zhus not only helped to chop them up but cooked them.  I love ginger fried lobsters with scallions and green onions.

But when you have sambal tumis, you stir fry it quickly another them and eat them like nasi lemak.  It was really good!  this year I think I’m gonna eat more lobster myself than giving it to other people.

Gift Exchange & A Post Christmas Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,Friendship,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Friday 3 January 2014 1:17 pm




I’m grateful for awesome people that surrounds my life and every Christmas, we have Christmas lunches with several people who’ve touched my life and those in the family. This Christmas as mentioned we wanted to give more than receive, so we had bought gifts that are a little bit more than our usual budget.   So during one of these Christmas lunches, I handed  these pearl necklaces  as Christmas gifts to all these wonderful people who’ve made my life an awesome one.  And what did we have for lunch?

Lobsters !!! of course!!  Thanks to my awesome advertisers – these meals were all paid by them!  what more can a girl ask right?  You would be surprised how much free food I get with my job, but I’m truly blessed because the advertisers just loved my blog !

Entertaining Friends From Ottawa

Posted by mamabok | Around The World,Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,Meet Up With,My Musing,The Brat | Friday 27 December 2013 2:06 pm




When friends from Ottawa came to visit, we eat a lot – in fact almost all the meals they had were with us.  We went to the Chinese restaurant and then to Marco’s for a late lunch.  We love Marco, because the food is good and reasonable prices and it’s in town and of course, the service is awesome.  This is the kid’s fish nuggets – look how much the fish were.

Layla had spaghetti and a piece of garlic bread.

I had the philly cheese steak with baked potatoes.

While Hyunjin had the same except with a salad.

Iris had Haddock and mashed potatoes.

Beautiful Chantal had french fries and spaghetti  and fish.

Jackie had haddock with rice

While Gustavo had fish with baked potatoes.   We had a really awesome time together, I wished they didn’t have to leave so soon.

BKH Pork Jerky Review

Posted by mamabok | Food From Home,Food Review,Snacks | Tuesday 24 December 2013 2:35 pm




Second time purchasing Pork jerky aka bak kwa from Vancouver – BKH and still very disappointed with it but this time more disappointed that they didn’t arrived on time even though I paid so much more for shipping.  They did reply during the first 2 queries but ignored me totally after I told them that 2 weeks for shipping isn’t acceptable within Canada.

But it did arrive just before Christmas – 24th December and even though I had commented that the last time I had it, they were too thick to chew and very painful to chew that way, they still came very thick.  This time, I also tried the chilli jerky which was relatively thinner in slices – which was good.  But the beef jerky and the pork ones were just as thick and impossible to chew.

I know for sure, that I won’t be ordering from BKH in Vancouver anymore – how disappointing eh.

Rocking Music @ Local Restaurant

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Entertainment,Food Review,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 4 December 2013 2:39 pm




We had a birthday celebration to attend last week and a local restaurant had hosted the event for us.  We were very impressed with everything and the  subwoofer at musicians friend  that they had bought.   I’ve always loved good music at a restaurant when we are entertaining and this local restaurant definitely went beyond and above their call of duty to help us make the birthday of a young man really special.   Food was great a well of course and the prices were decent and most importantly we all had a good time.

Happy Birthday Josh

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing | Saturday 30 November 2013 4:17 pm




Guess who turned 20 years old!!!  yes ! it’s chloe BFFL – Josh!  Happy birthday Josh !  and we went out to celebrate with him at Marco’s and had a great lunch !  This was what I had – I think the next time I better order something else and be more adventurous !  don’t really seems like a foodie if I don’t try other food right?

Chloe’s fish and chips.

Lynette’s chicken sandwich with gravy.

And Hyunjin’s philly steak – looks so yummy ! i think i wanna order this another time.

And the birthday boy’s fettuccine with chicken.  Lots of birthday and lots of meet up in December.

All Day Breakfast At The Snack Place

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Canadian,Food Review,My Musing | Tuesday 19 November 2013 3:47 pm




I have been having a lot of brunch of late and that’s because I am up late in the morning and too early for lunch, so I order the all day breakfast most times and one of my favorite place is The Snack Place on Main Street.  Look at how much food there is at less than $8 with a cup of coffee.  Food was extremely yummy and a lot of food as you can see – I cannot finish them at all – but of course, normally a person would be able too but for someone’s first meal, it’s a lot for me.  Lots of seating space and friendly staff.

Butter Chicken @ The Red Shed

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Food Review,My Musing | Friday 15 November 2013 3:52 pm




Butter chicken is a classic Indian food.  For those who wants to try a little spicy food but not too spicy, butter chicken would be the way to go.  Shane at the Red Shed down on the Water front makes a good meal for only $8 tax included.  Alot of chicken as you can see here and fragrant rice or basmatic rice.  A very good meal indeed, for someone who love spicy food and food from home, this has gotta be the most convenient way to get them.  So don’t forget to give it a try – not very far from our store, a 2 mins walk to the waterfront.

Adult Chocolate Milk

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Drinks,Food Review,Shopping | Tuesday 12 November 2013 4:03 pm




Mmmm… adult chocolate milk!  now no excuse not to drink your milk eh?  hahhaha!!  these were found in a liquor store and to be exact the NSLC next to Superstore, therefore there must be some alcohol content in them.  But I don’t really think there is much alcohol if I am not wrong.

So who wants to try some?  maybe during the festive season eh?

Treats At Bailey’s Cafe

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Food Review | Sunday 10 November 2013 4:12 pm




I do miss a good treat, so thinking about the chocolate cubes that old Minard’s, we decided to go to Hebron and check out Bailey’s Cafe again.  Everything looked so yummy even the doggy bones with coconut.

We were here for the chocolate and mocha cubes and we got some for ourselves and some as gifts for friends. Alas, the cubes were quite dry and we didn’t managed to finish them all.  The mocha cubes were a bit bitter and dry and I didn’t eat finish them as well.  For $1.50 a piece, I was quite disappointed but maybe this was just a bad batch and I’m not giving up on Bailey’s that’s for sure.

There are so many other things to try, so I’m gonna try other things instead the next time I’m there.

Loved the looks of the eclairs.

And lots of pies to choose from.

More pies and cheese cakes.

Cream corn as well.  So the next time, I will try other stuff.   No worries.

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